By BILL CARTER | November 23, 2012, 4:29 pm
On Thanksgiving weekend in 1964, my older brother, Rich, was a freshman at Notre Dame, home for the weekend and ready to enjoy the culmination of an extraordinary football season for the Irish.
Rising from a 2-7 record in 1963 and now under a new coach, Ara Parseghian, Notre Dame was ranked No. 1 in the country with only a final game remaining, against Southern Cal in Los Angeles, to cap off one of the most remarkable turnaround seasons in college football history. With a win, a national title was assured. (Notre Dame did not play in bowl games in those days.)